President of European Patent Office asked to step down
The European Patent Office (EPO) has restarted a rush for patents on plants derived from conventional breeding, although a precedent case is pending in front the Enlarged Board of Appeal concerning a patent on tomatoes (G2/12). This new development is evident from a report of the coalition of No Patents on Seeds that is published today. Within a few weeks, around a dozen new patents will be granted, covering species such as broccoli, onions, lettuce, cucumber and melons. Just today two patents, one on salad and one on cucumber, were granted. This new practise of patenting is very likely influenced by the opinion of the President of the EPO, Mr. Benoît Battistelli, which very recently gave a clear statement in favor of these patents.